Pentagon, Congress Discuss Shifting Defense Spending to Navy, Air Force, Cyber


In a debate over the future of Defense spending priorities, lawmakers are advocating to give the Navy, Air Force, and cyber-warfare a larger slice of the pie in fiscal 2022, to better compete with China. House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Chairman Joe Courtney (D-CT) said the Pentagon is at an “inflection point,” ready to shift resources in that direction. The focus of the discussion is on building up the size of the U.S. naval fleet, to counter China’s expansion and enhancements in this area. The demand for more ships is exacerbated by the impending retirement of many large Cold-War vessels.